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The Calton Weaver (Ryan's Fancy) tabs, MIDI, video
See also: Nancy Whiskey (Clancy Brothers)
#112: YouTube video by quickaccent2006 ©2007
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I am a weaver, a Calton weaver,
I am a rash and a roving blade;
I've got silver in my pockets,
And I'm going to follow the roving trade.

Whiskey, whiskey, Nancy Whiskey,
Whiskey, whiskey, Nancy O!

As I went into Glasgow city,
Nancy Whiskey I chanced to smell;
I went in, sat down beside her,
Seven long years I loved her well.

Whiskey, whiskey, Nancy Whiskey,
Whiskey, whiskey, Nancy O!

The more I kissed her the more I loved her,
The more I kissed her the more she smiled;
Soon I forgot my mother's teaching.
Nancy soon had me beguiled.

Whiskey, whiskey, Nancy Whiskey,
Whiskey, whiskey, Nancy O!

Now I arose early in the morning,
To wet my thirst, it was my need;
I tried to rise, but I was not able.
Nancy had me by the knees.

Whiskey, whiskey, Nancy Whiskey,
Whiskey, whiskey, Nancy O!

So I am going back to the Calton Weaving,
I'll surely make those shuttles fly;
For I'll make more at the Calton Weaving
Than ever I did in the roving way.

Whiskey, whiskey, Nancy Whiskey,
Whiskey, whiskey, Nancy O!

So come all you weavers, you Calton weavers,
Come all you weavers where e'er you be;
Beware of whiskey, Nancy Whiskey,
She'll ruin you like she ruined me.

Whiskey, whiskey, Nancy Whiskey,
Whiskey, whiskey, Nancy O!

Whiskey, whiskey, Nancy Whiskey,
Whiskey, whiskey, Nancy O!

####.... Author unknown. Variant of a 19th-century British broadside ballad, Nancy Whisky, published by C Crenshaw (York) sometime between 1814 and 1850, and archived at the Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads, shelfmark: Harding B 25(1315) ....####
The video above features a variant recorded with the title Nancy Whiskey by Ryan's Fancy (Newfoundland Drinking Songs, trk#2, 1973, Audat Records, Oshawa, Ontario.

See more songs by Ryan's Fancy.

A variant was also recorded by Ewan MacColl [1915-1989] with Peggy Seeger accompanying (Steam Whistle Ballads, 1958, Topic Records 12T104).

Note: Calton is a district of Glasgow which was once famous for its weaving shops.


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[D] I am a weaver, a [G] Calton [A7] weaver,
[D] I am a [Bm] rash and a [G] roving [A7] blade;
[G] I've got [D] silver [G] in my [A7] pockets,
[D] And I'm going to [Bm] follow the [G] roving [A7] trade.

[D] Whiskey, whiskey, [G] Nancy [A7] whiskey,
[D]Whiskey, [Bm] whiskey, [D] Nan-[A7] cy [D] O!

[D] As I went into [G] Glasgow [A7] city,
[D] Nancy [Bm] whiskey I [G] chanced to [A7] smell.
[G] I went [D] in, [G] sat down be-[A7] side her,
[D] Seven [Bm] long years I [G] loved her [A7] well.

[D] Whiskey, whiskey, [G] Nancy [A7] whiskey,
[D]Whiskey, [Bm] whiskey, [D] Nan-[A7] cy [D] O!

[D] The more I kissed her [G] the more I [A7] loved her,
[D] The more I [Bm] kissed her the [G] more she [A7] smiled.
[G] Soon I for-[D] got my [G] mother's [A7] teaching.
[D] Nancy [Bm] soon had [G] me be-[A7] guiled.

[D] Whiskey, whiskey, [G] Nancy [A7] whiskey,
[D]Whiskey, [Bm] whiskey, [D] Nan-[A7] cy [D] O!

[D] Now I arose early [G] in the [A7] morning,
[D] To wet my [Bm] thirst, it [G] was my [A7] need.
[G] I tried to [D] rise, but [G] I was not [A7] able.
[D] Nancy [Bm] had me [G] by the [A7] knees.

[D] Whiskey, whiskey, [G] Nancy [A7] whiskey,
[D]Whiskey, [Bm] whiskey, [D] Nan-[A7] cy [D] O!

[D]So I'm going back to [G] the Calton [A7] Weaving,
[D] I'll surely [Bm] make those [G] shuttles [A7] fly,
[G] For I'll make [D] more at [G] the Calton [A7] Weaving
[D] than ever I [Bm] did in the [G] roving [A7] way.

[D] Whiskey, whiskey, [G] Nancy [A7] whiskey,
[D]Whiskey, [Bm] whiskey, [D] Nan-[A7] cy [D] O!

[D] So come all you weavers, you [G] Calton [A7] weavers,
[D]Come all you [Bm] weavers where [G] e'er you [A7] be,
[G] Beware of [D] whiskey, [G] Nancy [A7] whiskey,
[D] She'll ruin [Bm] you like [G] she ruined [A7] me.

[D] Whiskey, whiskey, [G] Nancy [A7] whiskey,
[D]Whiskey, [Bm] whiskey, [D] Nan-[A7] cy [D] O!

[D] Whiskey, whiskey, [G] Nancy [A7] whiskey,
[D]Whiskey, [Bm] whiskey, [D] Nan-[A7] cy [D] O!


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